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trump. this is about families who are dealing with this loss. >> absolutely. and i think it's a compulsive desire to bash barack obama and to compare himself to barack obama and he wasn't even consistent. there was another point where he did concede sometimes president obama called or sometimes he didn't. >> or i'm sure he did. >> he wasn't even con sftent there. i do think will, the young man you just interviewed, that's just an example of class and graciousness, and it did my heart good to see somebody who wasn't uber political. i think president trump should have called the family and should have certainly sent letters out. it's been two weeks, but it's great to see somebody who is on tv, i think, who is a patriot, loved his brother and isn't making this political right now because i think for the vast majority of americans, it's about your family.
it's about your country. it's not about scoring political points. that's our job and i think trump made a mistake, but it was refreshing to see that. >> it is about what was a very unexpected ambush, shelby. there was chaos and there was confusion and it is unclear how this even happened. these green berets had gone on patrols and they had no problems. it's a remind tore americans, oh, my goodness, we have u.s. troops in countries like this. >> right. i was talking to fareed zakaria last week and he said i'm going to give the president the benefit of the doubt on not calling the families, or he said on not responding to this publicly because there were some details to be sorted out, but doesn't this also go to the heart of how is the american strategy when it comes to fighting terrorism working, and what is a little bit of a secretive war going on. >> that's a big question and president trump has made it a point to not really outline a clear strategy. he doesn't like when other
people know what our strategy is. perhaps he doesn't have one. it is not clear to most americans what our strategy is. this shows us how terrorism is spreading. we know that as it is rooted out in the middle east in syria and iraq it's causing problems around the world so, yes, it drew attention to this region in africa. i think president trump in making this a political point missed an opportunity to talk about terrorism and to talk about his strategy. i also think will's brother, such an american hero, and when you hear him say we wouldn't know if the president called us, it's been such an emotional week. it tugs on the hearts of americans the people who give their lives for the country, no one wants to see president trump disrespect american troops. all americans, whether or not they serve take this issue very personally. we don't take it for granted that these people die for our country. >> and as he said, my brother would say the mission continues. it was just amazing to hear him in a way, channel what no doubt his brother would have thought.
i'm going to have you guys stand by with me for just a moment. moments ago the president stood next to the majority leader in what was an unexpectedly wide-ranging joint news conference. he said that they are closer than ever, but just minutes before the show of solidarity failed to condemn a, quote, war against mitch mcconnell and the establishment gop and that war against steve bannon. listen to how the president responded to a question about it at a cabinet meeting today. >> know how he feels. d did it depends on who you're talking about and there are republicans who should be ashamed of themselves. i'll tell you what, i know the republican senators. most of them are really, really great people, but you have a few people that really disappointed us. they really, really disappointed us. >> then just two hours later after meeting with senator mcconnell the tone seemed to
change in the rose garden. >> we've been friends for a long time. we are probably now, despite what we read, we are probably now, i think, at least as far as i'm concerned closer than ever before and the relationship is very good. we are fighting for the same thing and we're fighting for lower taxes. >> and i think what the president and i would both like to say to you today kobts raer to what some of you may have reported, we are together totally on this agenda to move america forward. let's turn now to cnn chief political correspondent dana bash as well as april ryan. the white house correspondent for american urban radio networks and cnn white house correspondent sara murray. so sara, as you listened to this, what was the thing that really stood out to you as the president was standing next to mitch mcconnell after, really, in a way sort of endorsing some of the divide that's been sewn
by steve bannon. >> reporter: it's been whiplash for the president to say that he has an outstanding relationship with mitch mcconnell and the big point, maybe i'll go to steve bannon and tell him can you spare some of these republicans. the irony is the republicans on steve bannon's list are not the ones giving the president heartburn right now. the republicans he'll be targeting for the most part are up in 2018 are people who have voted in lockstep with the president's agenda, and he needs these people. i think that's what you are seeing on display right now is the president may get angry about how fast congress moves and they may get angry because they're not advancing his legislative agenda, but tax reform is the last best chance for him to get one big, major legislative accomplishment before we get into the 28 midterms. so you're stuck with the republicans you've got, brianna. >> the dynamics of this press conference were unbelievable, in a way, even from the moving up and down of the microphone as
mitch mcconnell who is a little shorter would have to move it down, and president trump would move it up too high and it's sort of spoke to some of -- in a way it was a metaphor for the relationship. i don't know, what do you think? >> that's actually very funny, brianna. look, sure. the other thing that really is striking in the whiplash that sara was describing from the president today is in many ways it's classic donald trump. he said how he feels when he made the remarks in the cabinet room earlier today talking about his support for steve bannon and bannon's efforts to try to keep some of the incumbents in check and defeat some incumbent republicans and a couple of hours later he's sitting with the majority leader and then comes out and says something seemingly kind of different and when i say it's classic trump it's because, you know, he's
sitting with the leader who is telling him of his own party, he's telling him we need to do x, y and z in order to get our joint agenda through, and then he feels compelled to kind of give him an attaboy and show at least publicly that he's not really that distant and different from the republican leadership. they seem contradictory, and that is, again, kind of classic donald trump because in his mind he doesn't necessarily think one is the contradiction of another, but i can tell you, brianna, in talking to people in bannon world that. they do not see any kind of slowing down of their efforts and they have his support to try to use trump voters or try to engage trump voters, i should say, and push them to support republican challengers for these incumbent senators. >> there were so many moments that really, i thought, stood out, april, kind of small and
large. one of the ones that stood out to me was when president trump was talking about the opioid crisis and he said drug companies make big donations and in a way it was public humiliation, the senate leader saying even you, senator mcconnell, i don't know if that's true at this point in time, but it certainly seemed a little unnecessary after stressing bipartisanship. what really stood out to you? >> not only that. what stood out to me is the fact that again, even with that piece, just what you mentioned, it was a fight against the establishment. it was a fight against what used to be. the president made news saying he'll make a big announcement next week, but this opioid issue is something huge. this is something that middle america has been dealing with for a bit. we heard about it on the campaign trail and again, this president and these first nine months has been trying to bring home some of the things that he campaigned on, and i think
again, this opioid issue is huge, but he also wants to show even in that and even in those statements and in the quip with the senate majority leader mcconnell that he's fighting, and they want to drain the swamp and break the system, but that was a moment to me when he said president obama nor any other president has called families of slain military officials or leaders or seld yoroldiers and that's not true because i've heard that ask seen that before. we covered former presidents in this room, brianna and we know that they've called and maybe have gone to dover or gone to hangars to welcome bodies home or to salute the bodies as they come. and also, another moment at the end of the press conference when fox news asked about the nfl and kneeling and the president said it was disrespectful and i tried
to ask about the issue of why these players are taking the knee, you know, some of them did take the knee yesterday. the issue is about police-involved shootings and trying to bring attention to that and the president never addressed the issue and never said those word, but he said it's just disrespectful. it's disrespectful, and i wanted to know what the president was thinking about that for week, and i put it to him. he heard it, but he said it's disrespectful, so apparently, he doesn't think even if that's the issue he thinks it's disrespectful about the flag. >> he frames it in a different way, as well. >> dana, he literally begged jokingly, hillary clinton to run again in 2020. that was -- what did you think of that? >> he was just being a showman. he was just trying to twist the knife a little bit on the notion that he beat her, and he feels very happy about that, you know,
and he clearly wants to try to hit that home with her supporters and with her, too, frankly. as she's been out and about on her book tour she has not been shy about saying how she feels and not just about how he was as a competitor for the white house, but how he's been as a president. >> dana bash, april ryan, thank you ladies, so much. breaking news, why north korea says it is currently not interested in diplomacy with the united states and what they plan to send to the trump administration. plus lawyers for the woman who has accused donald trump of sexual assault serving the campaign with the subpoena. this was months ago and we just learned from it and the president just weighed in moments ago. stay with us. ♪ (music plays throughout) ♪
appearance saying many republican senators should be ashamed of themselves. we have jamie gangel back with us along with kevin sheridan, former senior adviser on mitt romney's 2012 campaign and also political commentator paris denard. paris, does it stand the truth test when you -- i guess bipartisanship is welcome for folks trying to get things done in washington, but to see the president stand next to mitch mcconnell and say kumbaya, kumbaya when an hour before he was basically slamming congress as a whole. how do you say, oh, yeah. he's telling the truth here? >> if you look back at donald trump's entire career in politics or a business person when he was here in new york he had this give or take relationship with ed koch and other mayors and things like that, but he always got things done at the end of the day despite this very back and forth tough relationship, and i think when you look at this relationship with mitch mcconnell the president understands one thing. mitch mcconnell is the key to
his electoral and more importantly, his legislative victories. he wants tax reform and he wants infrastructure and he understands who mitch mcconnell's wife is, and the president knows he has to play good cop/bad cop at the same time and mitch mcconnell is the key to winning the battles he needs. >> he is so willing to poke mitch mcconnell in the eye, as well. when you looked at this press conference did you think this was helpful for republicans trying to get things done? >> yeah. i think in the main it is and i saw mitch mcconnell pushing back a little bit on reminding folks who the failed senate candidates were, and who this crowd put up years ago and why we had senator har harry reed instead of a winning republican in canada and delaware and other places. i think he will push back on this and i think he should.
look, this is a very serious time for the president and for republicans in general, but for the president he's not going to want to go into the second half of his first term without the house to protect him from impeachment and without a governing majority of senators. so he needs republicans as much as they need him. >> how big of a concern is that for donald trump? does he understand do you think what it would mean to lose the house? >> i think that concern being impressed on him. sara murray, our colleague has a great piece on cnn.com about exactly this point, and she spoke to, i think, 18 different republicans about the danger of putting republicans up and the bannon effect in primaries and possibly losing those. >> meaning the primary or a republican was somebody to their right than they were up against a democrat if they lose. if they lose the seat and then
all of a sudden the possibility of articles of impeachment are a very real possibility. the other thing i want to say is if you go back and look at the press conference today, mitch mcconnell is smiling at the beginning of it. watch their body language when president trump says we're closer than ever before. closer than yesterday certainly. we have an outstanding relationship it's classic donald trump, but you can see mitch mcconnell just sort of holding is together and smiling a little bit. this is a relationship that is going to be a work in process. it's going to have its good days and it's bad days. >> but this is exactly why tax reform is such an important thing and why standing out there today with mitch mcconnell would send the clear message inside the beltway and outside the beltway that democrats and republicans need to come together on tax reform because that is going to be something that is a winning message going into the midterm elections. >> that the democrats and republicans will need to come together? >> i don't see any world in
which that would happen. >> remember, donald trump, the president of the united states is not always talking to us. he's talking to the american people and he's messaging to them, this problem and this issue and high taxes and the democrats are refusing to come to the table to work with you and give you the tax relief that you need and that's why he needs to have democrats and republicans working together to pass this. >> with a very few exceptions he's not going to get any dechl dechls even on tax reform that has been a bipartisan issue, but look, he's going to be judged on economic growth and how fast the economy has grown by 2020, if he can get back to 3%, above 3%, everyone will feel it and tax reform is key to that and politically speaking this is his chance to do it. he's got to get this done and every senator that's been blocking his agenda so far and that's only four or five members, but he's got to find a way to get those. >> and he hasn't gotten anything else. we haven't had the obamacare. >> gorsuch is really it.
>> gorsuch is his big thing, but this is -- he has not gotten all of the things that he can. >> the congress has not acted. >> the buck stops with the president and i can tell you, you can almost see that door just in slow mo closing on this window for tax reform. it will be a very heavy lift. thank you so much for you guys for giving us the insight on this, jamie, kevin and paris, i appreciate it. next we'll talk breaking news because north korea says it is not interested in diplomacy with the united states at least not right now. what pyongyang says it's planning to do to send trump a message. after five years in taliban captivity, army sergeant bowe bergdahl pleading guilty to dissertion and misbehavior. i'll be getting a reaction from a member of his platoon when bergdahl was there in afghanistan. people would stare.
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ a new development in the trump administration's back and forth about whether the u.s. is willing to negotiate with north korea, but did anyone actually ask north korea? the country telling a source we're want interested in negotiating. secretary of state rex tillerson says war is not what president trump wants using eyebrow-raising language with cnn. >> i think he does want to be clear with kim jong-un, that regime in north korea hoo he has military preparations ready to go and he has military options on the table and we've spent substantial time perfecting those and issue clear the
president has made clear to me that he wants this solved diplomatically. he's not seeking to go to war. >> so he doesn't think it's a waste of time? >> no, sir. he's made it clear to me to continue my diplomatic efforts which we are, as i've told others, those diep matich efforts will continue until the first bomb drops. >> wow! until the first bomb drops. the u.s. navy has used defensive drills, and the u.s. also announcing that next week it's going to rehearse the evacuation of americans from the peninsula nearby. we have jane lee, a journalist and fellow at the woodrow wilson international center for scholars. okay, bob, so when you hear this, north korea saying we're not interested in negotiating so they're not interested in this diplomatic path until they have
a missile capable of bombing the u.s. what is your reaction to that and should we really take that at face value? >> i think we should, brianna because what the north koreans have said in so many words, they're not giving up their nuclear weapons for anything. there is no negotiations. those nuclear weapons keep the regime in power otherwise the united states would attack and when the rhetoric gets more aggressive and more aggressive, the more determined they are to keep those nuclear weapons and so there's no common ground with the trump administration. we can keep on sending messages by doing the drills and fly overs and the rest of it, but it's making the north koreans more paranoid and more determined to keep their bonds. >> gene, what is the impetus for getting north korea to the diplomatic table, normally, it seems as if it's something that they would welcome. how do you square that with this rhetoric? >> we have to remember that all of this that north korea is carrying out is designed to
deter the united states. we have seen ever-growing sanctions, tightening sanctions and this massive military show that we're seeing off the south korean peninsula this week and throughout this north korea said we are standing firm, we're not going to back down, and part of what these sanctions and these military shows of force are meant to do is to induce the north koreans to back down. there will be a parade of really powerful artillery and weaponry coming through the south korean skies over the korean peninsula off the waters, really to encourage the north koreans to back down from this, but what we're seeing now is that they're not willing to back down. i think the north koreans are frankly, too close to this milestone that kim jong-un has laid out. he said very clearly earlier this year that he has a goal in mind. his goal is to put a nuclear weapon, get it small enough to put on a missile that is capable of striking the mainland united states. he has shown that he is very
close to that and he actually needs a couple of more tests to perfect that technique -- that technology. so i think he is just too close to this massive milestone that has a major payoff back at home and in terms of negotiations in the future. >> so, bob, what do you think about that? does that change the calculous or does it change the equation, what the u.s. is used to that's predictably, unpredictable behavior from north korea? is it completely altered because of where north korea is in the process and how should the u.s. be addressing that? >> well, i think everybody's sort of hoping, brian a the chinese do something about this. they put pressure and economic pressure and close the borders or even putin of russia that he does the same. right now kim jong-un is not going to back down. he wants a nuclear weapon. don't forget that the reason saddam hussein lost his life is because he didn't have weapons of mass destruction and you know, the north korean regime is
looking at that example. so i don't -- i don't see any light at the end of this tunnel, the diplomatic tunnel unless we agree to let them have nuclear weapons. the president moments ago was in the rose garden and he was asked a number of things by reporters including if visiting the dmz would provoke north korea. here's what he said. >> how do you view what you're trying to accomplish in south korea? do you intend to go to the dmz? >> i'm going to china, to japan and vietnam for the summit. we have a big -- a big economic summit there. i may be going to the philippines also. we've been invited. we've been invited to the philippines. i may be going to the philippines and i look forward to all of them. we haven't set the details as of this moment. >> are you trying to provoke north korea by going to the dmz? >> we'll take a look at that. i didn't hear it in terms of provoking. >> can you imagine, gene, that president trump would actually go to the dmz? what would that mean?
>> i can't imagine it. this is about optics and he wants that -- >> you can't? >> i can. he wants that moment to look tough with the binoculars, but on the north korean side and they'll use this in their rhetoric and propaganda saying look, the u.s. president has gone to the dmz and preparing for war and getting military garb. >> it would be amazing to see in this current climate. jean lee, thank you. bob bahher, thank you. lawyers for the woman who is serving the president with a subpoena. the president weighing in moments ago. stay with us.
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claims they were touched inappropriately. here's how the president responded just a short time ago. >> all i can say is it's totally fake news. it's just fake. it's fake and made-up stuff and it's disgraceful what happens, but that happens -- that happens in the world of politics. >> i want to bring in two criminal defense attorneys zaira azari. when you look at this and this subpoena, just walk us through how this could play out, what the campaign would have to provide if there is a way for them to get out of this and if the president could ultimately even be deposed? >> right. so this lawsuit was filed january of this year and then the subpoena was issued in march, but compliance with the subpoena was actually put over until trump's lawyers file and have heard a motion to dismiss. so if that motion to dismiss is actually granted i think it will be heard in october and then the
subpoena dies with that lawsuit, however, i don't think that's going to happen. i think as the law stands, lawsuits can be brought against presidents for conduct that does not have anything to do with their presidency and their official capacity, but because it takes time away from them doing their job and leading the country, often these lawsuits are stayed until the president is done with his term, and so i think at best, that's probably what's going to happen here. the issue with the subpoena itself as a separate issue because the validity of that subpoena, it's a court order. essentially, it's a court ordering the other party to produce documents or testimony. the problem that i see with the subpoena, that the court might actually see, as well, is that it is a little bit too broad. you cannot go on a fishing expedition through a subpoena. it has to be relevant. it has to identify a time period. you can't just ask for any woman's accusations against trump from the beginning of
time. so if this subpoena is invalidated it could be re-issued and rewritten. >> in a narrower way. >> in a narrower way where there is a time period specified and other women. and the time period set forth, why is it that these other women's allegations are relevant to zervos' allegations. >> when you see the breadth of this subpoena, is it a phishing expedition or is it an important reason that gloria allred, her lawyer, would be looking for this information not just the campaign and how it dealt with zervos' specific allegations and other women because there were many of them? >> right. is there an m.o.? is there a pattern of behavior? i don't know what gloria
allred's strategy is. the question is whether a sitting president can be subject to civil litigation in federal court over private acts? that is the issue right now that the courts haven't answered. so trump's team -- they cited an argument made in the nixon versus fitzgerald case in that that suit was dismissed because the sitting president was -- it was over his official acts, but here, that case is so far removed from the actual case right now. when you think about what trump just said at that press conference, he said it was fake news. he's doing it again, what zervos' team is trying to keep him from doing. this is a defamation suit. he's saying what they're alleging is fake news. he's digging himself a deeper hole -- >> and this a new york court. >> it's a new york court. >> it's in state court so then it's even another layer. there's no precedent for this. trump has 75 or so lawsuits
pending against him that he'll have to deal with one day and many of these are brought in state court because these are state cases and misconduct subject to state law in different states, california, new york, i believe this one was filed in new york. >> it was. >> nonetheless, if the court allows this to proceed during trump's presidency, then that's a huge precedent. for the other 74 lawsuits or however many there are and future presidents who may be subject to lawsuits for misconduct. >> for the private -- >> news just in that the board of producers guild has just voted to expel harvey weinstein. there was a question about whether this would happen. this is 48 hours after the academy would do the same thing. we know two cities are investigating sex assault allegations against him. where do you see this case going? >> well, it's not a surprise that the producers guild suspended his membership. i mean, this is all about the bottom line. they're trying to send a right message, obviously. i think it was the right
decision to make considering the amount of allegations and accusers that have come forward. this isn't a shock. absolutely not. hollywood is speaking out. they should. we know woody allen just spoke out which i'm not sure why he did that, but probably -- >> warning against a witch hunt and then he had to back peddle on that. >> of course, he had to. >> sometimes silence is, you know, an endorsement and if the producers guild were to remain silent after the academy of motion pictures dumped him essentially, i think that would also send a message that they're okay with this. >> that i have to stand in concert -- >> that's right. >> sara azari, judy otuelde, thank you, ma'am. army sargence bowe bergdahl pleads guilty to deserting his unit in afghanistan saying he couldn't get a fair trial after president trump's comments about
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a guilty plea today from an american soldier who was held captive by the taliban for five years, army sergeant bowe bergdahl pled guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. he walked away from a remote military post in afghanistan in 200 9. bergdahl was captured by the taliban and despite making multiple escape attempts he was
held at guantanamo bay in 2014. in a just-released interview obtained by abc news bergdahl says a fair trial would have been impossible under a trump administration after candidate trump called him a traitor and said he should be executed. >> i may as well go back to kangaroo courts and lynch mobs. they got what they wanted. the people to the point of saying, just shoot him, you can never convince those people to change their minds. >> it hurts? >> it does hurt. >> the president responded just moments ago. >> do you believe that your comments in any way affected bowe derg ball's ability to receive a fair trial. >> can't comment on bowe bergdahl because i guess he's doing today as we know, and he's also they're setting up sentencing so i'm not going to comment on it, but i think people have heard my comments in the past. >> so very much standing by his comments from the past. bergdahl will be sentenced next
monday. he faces a maximum punishment of life in prison and joining me now to discuss this is retired army specialist cody full. he was a member of bowe de bergdahl's platoon when he went awol in afghanistan. thank you very much for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> you've been monitoring what's happened and what do you think about these guilty pleas, i should say? >> well, my first comments would be i think bowe bergdahl is a coward. he was a coward nine years ago when he deserted and i think he showed he's still a coward. he refuses to take responsibility for his actions. maybe i'd like to see some of these news networks who lost loved ones looking for this clown and ask them if they think this is a kangaroo court or not. >> i do want to ask you about something on that because as we've heard over time there's been this question, did people die looking for bowe derg ball and certainly not to take away from talking to many members of
the military who saw someone who walked off base create d a gian risk for so many of his fellow soldiers, but some people experts say, no one actually did die looking for bowe bergdahl. you feel very differently about that. >> who are these so what are these just experts on tv or actual people on the defense team or prosecuting team? who are these experts? >> well, i think -- talking about a technicality. i'm just telling you over all there are some folks over time who have looked and said that not necessarily, but there seems to be some disagreement on that. i'm sure you've heard about that and certainly it's been brought up that's a possibility. some people feel it may not be true. but i think to your point, certainly, there was a feeling, and you are in a unique position to explain it to us. from our position, as someone who was there on the base and so many other guys who were there, what did it feel like after he
left and really the action that you had to jump into in order to try to see where he was, if he could be rescued and the risks that that brought? because i think that really speaks to why there is so much emotion behind this for people like you. >> well, he willingly deserted. he pled guilty. we all know that when myself and others came out nine years ago, we were telling the truth, and as much to the dismay of politicians trying to make him a hero, as evidence of his pleading guilty, he's obviously not. during the time he left, the whole country of afghanistan stopped and looked for this individual. so if you can imagine a whole country that's currently in a war stopping and looking for one person, that was the magnitude of his actions. every aircraft, every person, every dog, everything stopped and went directly to try to find him. >> and everything did mobilize. you make a very good point there. he's facing the possibility of life in prison.
what do you think is the fair sentencer and. >> i'm not going to speculate. i want to see the justice system play out. i don't feel comfortable on commenting. it's not up to me at the end of the day, it's up to the judge. it doesn't matter what i think or what i don't think. >> do you think the way he suffered under the -- under terrorists in afghanistan, in the tribal area, that that should play into the consideration of how he is sentenced? >> i mean, he did it on his own, so, i mean, again, that's not for me to decide. that's up for the judge. he pled guilty. he's going to be sentenced next monday and i guess we'll see if that plays a part or doesn't play a part. >> you know his assertion was he left -- he left the outpost because he wanted to report what he felt was a critical problem in his chain of command. that's what prompted that dust one, the status whereabouts unknown and mobilized everybody certainly to considerable risk. have you heard anything from him
about his ordeal that makes you at all sympathetic to him, even when you clearly have major disagreements with him about not taking responsibility, as you see it? >> well, i mean, so, people throughout the history of time have always had an issue with their boss or superior, whether it be in the military or civilian world. and there are steps put in place in the professional world as well as the military chain of command to where you can go voice those concerns. there is an open-door policy. so at no point in time is it even a rational thought to do what he did. he literally put thousands and thousands of people's lives at risk just so he could go and want to complain for whatever transgressions he thought happened or didn't happen. >> yeah, and i know there are so many people who feel the way you do and what's really a divisive argument about the future of bowe bergdahl. we are waiting to see obviously the sentencing phase. specialist cody full, thank you
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the quarterback who started a national conversation about taking a knee is now accusing nfl owners of punishing him and colluding to keep him out of the league. colin kaepernick started the protest to speak out against racial injustice and he's been out of a job since ending his contract with the 49ers in march. then there was this. >> wouldn't you love to see one
of these nfl owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say get that son of a [ bleep ] off the field right now. out. he's fired. he's fired! >> kaepernick's attorney says the grievance was filed because players should not be denied jobs because of political provocation by the executive branch of our government. well, the president just weighed in again a short time ago when asked about hillary clinton's support for players who protest. >> and if hillary clinton actually made the statement that in a form sitting down during the playing of our great national anthem is not disrespectful, then i fully understand why she didn't win. i know -- i mean, look, there are a lot of reasons she didn't win, including the fact that she was not good at what she did, but i will tell you, that is something that i have just heard about, and think that her statement in itself is very disrespectful to our country.
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